Review: We're All Going to the World's Fair

How scary is the horror film We're All Going to the World's Fair?

It is becoming easier and easier to make movies, and as a result, narrower and narrower films are also appearing—and We're All Going to the World's Fair can definitely be described as both looking and feeling like a "no-budget film", for better or worse.


The film is about teenager Casey (Cobb), who is participating in an online challenge called the World's Fair Challenge—a challenge where those who accept it start experiencing supernatural symptoms that they document in video format.

Casey with fluorescent paint on her face.

Perhaps the challenge is not actually about gaining supernatural powers, but rather that people on the internet pretend and lie in order to be seen and liked—and the longer the time passes, the more desperate Casey becomes to be seen as well.


The debut actress Anna Cobb plays the lead role as the girl Casey, and she actually does it brilliantly. She feels desperate, unsure, and like she doesn't really know what she wants, so she actually fits the role perfectly.

A large part of the movie is in a dark room in front of a computer screen.

Since the movie is about loneliness, there aren't many more actors than her, but a person she connects with when she takes on the challenge is played by Michael J. Rogers, who also convincingly portrays a lonely and desperate character.


I want to be clear that I thought We're All Going to the World's Fair would be a horror movie, and it really isn't. It is rather an interesting (but slow) study of what it is like to be young nowadays, with the constantly monitoring world of the internet.

Do supernatural things really happen to those who take on the challenge?

In a way, it is compelling that the film's main character Casey desperately tries to get people to watch her videos and that she takes on the "World's Fair Challenge" in the hope of being seen, but unfortunately, it is not particularly interesting.

The film does not have enough to say or show to make one raise their eyebrows. Predictable and, unfortunately, boring.


We're All Going to the World's Fair gets the score 3 out of 10.


Despite the film portraying the desperation of being seen online and finding one's identity in the world in a good and quite gripping way, it doesn't have much to offer. It feels dull, too long, and too vague to be interesting as a thriller nor a horror movie.

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Fredrik Lagnetoft
I like films.


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